after we got read of the worst person in this forum, let's try to get back to a naval history discussion:
Wadinga wrote: "unless it's really silly, like arguing about what instant you call "retreating" for a ship that chased Bismarck for another day, or whether revising a guess with more information is acceptable or even whether an unpublished memoir written many years later is as accurate as a report written at the time"
Unfortunately, I'm sure that for someone here even the silver bullet will not be enough to accept the CM story.....
I think it is at least as "silly" as saying that:
a ship disengaging from a battle, after 1 minute under fire, after 1 heavy shell received on board, under smoke and full rudder
, with a turn away of 160° is actually breaking off the engagement, in any Navy, in any time.
a "memoir" written with the official report quoted in almost each page is far more credible and sincere (if consistent with known facts) than the official report itself, written anyway days after
the action, following a Court Martial menace.
Tovey 1961 letter explains perfectly what happened and what was the final aim of Pound/Churchill against the two timid officers, confirming what his 1941 answer to his superior already had mentioned.
However, for sure it is less silly than:
proposing Pinchin's or 1943 Schmalenbach's as actual battlemap for the DS, refusing to agree to a set of initial bearings (that will nail the RN heavy cruisers close to enemy)...
considering point 19 and 17 errors in the "despatches" (and all the other intentional embellishments in declarations) as "typos" or "innocent" errors...
inventing that Brockmann misled Pound, Alexander and Churchill when speaking of the PoW retreat in ADM 205/10...
thinking that Tovey did not want the CM story to be published because unsure of it, instead of to avoid the obvious disgrace to Wake-Walker reputation (as actually he wrote in clear)
insinuating a kind of Roskill's maneuver to push Kennedy publishing the story first (but, after that, confirming it in 2 different books)...
"It takes three years to build a ship; it takes three centuries to build a tradition" (Adm.A.B.Cunningham)